Koocanusa Recreation Strategy

The Koocanusa Recreation Strategy was developed in 2017 to foster more sustainable and responsible recreation on Crown lands, while providing opportunities for local stakeholders and stewardship groups to play key roles in recreation management. It was created after extensive consultation and engagement, including a partnership with the local Koocanusa Recreation Public Advisory Group, four community open houses, and a recreation management survey that received more than 1,100 responses.

The 2017 Koocanusa Recreation Strategy key actions include the following:

  • Continue to educate recreation users about appropriate Crown land behaviour through signage and the distribution of the Koocanusa Recreation Brochure.
  • Support for increased enforcement presence.
  • Complete a recreation inventory of existing roads, trails, camping sites and staging areas.
  • Continue to engage with local partners, advisors and stewardship groups.

Since 2017, the Koocanusa Recreation Steering Committee has worked to implement a new recreation management approach in the Dorr-Grasmere area, defined as the Crown land south of the Elk River and west of Highway 93, extending south to the U.S. border. This included establishing designated recreation trails for motorized and non-motorized users, decommissioning unsustainable trails and restoring grassland ecosystems, as well as establishing more formal camping and parking areas.

Access maps of the Dorr-Grasmere area 

Koocanusa Recreation Steering Committee Partners

BC logoKtunaxa Nation.Regional District of East Kootenay.Columbia Basin Trust.